Los niños de la frontera

y en San Antonio de Béxar

Green Shadow Cabinet


It’s Not the Children’s Fault  Thursday, July 3, 2014

Recent news headlines report that unaccompanied children, toddlers to 17 year olds, are crossing the U.S.-Mexico Border in the thousands. President Obama has called it an “an urgent humanitarian situation.” Blogs are exploding ranging from humanitarian concern to xenophobic hateful comments. Militia groups have made a call to action (once again) to guard the U.S.-Mexico border, while others are calling for the U.S. military to be sent.  

This 4th of July

How many people will be deported on the ‘Nation of Immigrants’ Birthday?

On the 4th of July, in 2012, at a naturalization ceremony for new Americans, President Barack Obama – seeking a second term in office, called for immigration reform, saying “We have to remain a nation of immigrants”.
This 4th of July, the United States remains paralysed as Republicans and the President both claim one another are ‘playing politics’ with this issue, both trying to gain the cover of bi-partisanship – so as not to be blamed for any future failings of the system.
We need more courage in our politics. That starts by naming the root cause at hand. This is the global corporate exploitation of people and the environment coming home to roost. And as inequality within the U.S. wrecks the middle class and squeezes the working class and poor, the frustration creates fertile ground for those who would deflect the blame from the real culprits and causes, instead blaming the victims.